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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:44

Monty Tech Collision Repair Students Win Pedal Car Challenge in Boston

Students in the collision repair technology and machine technology programs at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech) in Fitchburg, MA, pooled their skills and talents to take first place in the Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge sponsored by the Summit Racing Show Car Series at the 40th annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels held at the World Trade Center in Boston, MA, March 28–30, 2014.

Students from six schools participated in the challenge. According to Dana LeCuyer, collision repair technology teacher, this is the first year the event was held in Boston. He said more than 70 students in both programs who worked on the project traveled to Boston to view the show and see their car win the blue ribbon.

"It was a wonderful experience. This is the showcase for some of the most unique vehicles in the world. It's the first time our students got to go to a show of this caliber. They got to go into the show early and see everything on display. They had lunch and were given wristbands so they could go back during the weekend with their families. For some of our kids, it's the first time they have been to Boston," he said.

Working from a kit containing a generic pedal car, the auto body students built a 1937 coupe convertible, measuring about four feet in length. Students in grades 9 through 12 did the body work, painted, and assembled the car, including the interior work. They painted it black and candy-apple red. The work took six weeks.

Auto teacher Dave Lelievre called it "an exceptional effort on the part of all the students. The kids are really proud of what they did," he said.

Machine technology juniors fabricated the rims, steering wheel, pedals, and license plate. "It was a real team effort, and it came out great," said Jay Blauser, machine technology teacher.

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